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Port Alberni RCMP Const. Boyd Pearson, right, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada west coast supervisor Jim Robson will join paddlers in 21 canoes on a trip up the Alberni Inlet this week.

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Alberni teachers vote to strike come September WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Port Alberni teachers have voted in favour of job action to protest a lack of progress in provincial contract talks. Alberni District Teachers’ Union president Ken Zydyk made the announcement

on Wednesday talks aren’t positive afternoon. or resolved by then, According to Zydyk said. the B.C. Teachers’ More than 28,000 Federation website, teachers across 90 per cent of B.C. cast their teachers across the ballots and 25,282 province voted in voted in favour of favour of strike strike action. KEN ZYDYK action. In the Alberni ...ADTU The strike Valley, advanced action will begin voting took place on in September if contract June 23 and regular voting

on June 27-28. Zydyk would not disclose exactly how many teachers voted. “I’m not free to report the local results,” he said. “It’s BCTF policy that the numbers be added to the provincial total.” Restoration of local bargaining rights, improved salary and benefits, and better

teaching conditions are sticking points in contract talks, Zydyk noted. The strike action’s initial phase will consist of teachers performing in-class teaching duties only while curtailing their administrative duties. If the action fails to prompt a conclusion to contract talks then second phase of action will be

instituted, Zydyk said. “We’re hopeful for progress at the bargaining table and hope to have an agreement by September,” Zydyk said. Officials from School District 70 and the BC Public School Employers Association couldn’t be reached for comment by deadline.

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Journey to break down barriers PULLING TOGETHER: | Participants hope to build relationships to help resolve conflict.

Quickfacts ◆ PULLING TOGETHER canoes will arrive in the Alberni Valley on Friday, July 8 at Harbour Quay, at approximately 11 a.m. for lunch. From there they will change into regalia and uniforms and paddle to the mouth of Roger Creek, where they will muster before paddling in a group to Clutesi Haven Marina for the official end of the event at 4 p.m.

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On Saturday, 21 canoes will launch from Mackenzie Beach near Pacific Rim National Park on an eight-day journey to Port Alberni that is much more important than simple transportation. The canoes are part of the 2011 Pulling Together Canoe Journey, representing police and other public service agencies, First Nations and youth from across the province. Pulling Together is a physical, cultural and spiritual canoe journey that takes place every year on the west coast of British Columbia, usually on the south coast. Together, living within Aboriginal culture for the duration of the journey, all participants face the demands of a long and difficult canoe trip together. By the end of the journey there is a newfound understanding and friendship between participants. “I think it highlights the way things have come full circle, that relationships can change,” planning chairman Boyd Pearson said. Pearson is an RCMP constable in Port Alberni, and a member of the Metis Nation from Batoche, Sask. He has participated in two other such events, and this year brought it to the Alberni Inlet. Fisheries and Oceans Canada joined the journey in 2008,

◆ THE PUBLIC is welcome to attend the marina for the canoes’ arrivals. ◆ A CELEBRATION FEAST is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the Hupacasath House of Gathering.

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John Rampanen, centre, readies the Hupacasath First Nation canoe for a practice run on Sproat Lake in June. The canoe, Northern Dancer, was once the staple of Choo-Kwa Ventures, canoe trips up the Somass River.

as the idea began expanding beyond simple law enforcement. For Jim Robson, the WCVI detachment supervisor, this is his first journey—and he is stoked. “It’s important for youth and elders of the communities to see the officers as individuals, see what they stand for at this base level,” he said. Fishing is fundamental to First Nations on the west coast, so it was a natural fit to include DFO officers on the journey, Robson said. “Salmon fishing is at the root of their culture and

‘It’s important for youth and elders of the communities to see the officers as individuals.’ – Jim Robson creation,” he said. “We’ve had a long relationship with First Nations and at times it’s been difficult. “When we can sit down and

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talk about the root causes of issues and know each other, we often come to an understanding,” he said. He has already seen some of that, after his canoe—Sto:mex Skwo:wech, or Sturgeon Warrior—participated in Aboriginal Days at Paper Mill Dam. Robson spent part of the day taking children for rides in the canoe in an area that has been known for its fisheries conflicts in the past. “It was a pretty powerful day,” he said. Pearson would also like to

see new relationships develop between First Nations youth and elders and public service agencies, but his biggest reason for wanting Pulling Together to come to the Alberni Valley was to bring back the canoe culture to the community. “The ultimate goal is for a successful journey this year but also to get canoes in the water locally,” he said. He would like to see canoes from this region participate in future Pulling Together events. “I don’t confess this is going to solve all the problems of the world,” he said. “I look at it as a first step.” To follow the canoe journey, go online to www.pullingtogether. ca.

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Family loses home LUGRIN ROAD: | Having a roof over their heads is principal worry now. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

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A fireman clears debris from a home on Lugrn Road that was gutted by fire early Monday morning. The homeowner had no insurance.

A family of four is looking for a place to live after their Lugrin Road trailer burned down, Monday morning. Darlene and Barry Manson were awakened by their five-year-old son, who said there was a fire outside his bedroom window. When the parents looked in the room the fire was spreading fast; Barry Manson tried to put it out with blankets, but

‘We’ll be speaking to the bank...’ – Darlene Manson the flames quickly overtook his efforts and eventually gutted the house. The family escaped unharmed with only a few possessions. The cause is initially said to be electrical, Darlene Manson said. The family had no insurance. They’ve been buoyed so far with emergency

services funding. “We’ve been staying at various parents and our inlaws’ house since,” Manson said. The family is caught between a rock and a hard place where finances are concerned. Barry works at West Coast General Hospital, but was paying $1,060 a month for the trailer and pad rental, which he assumed in 2007. Now they’re looking for a place to live and will have to pay rent on top of what is still owed on the trailer. “We’ll be speaking

to the bank to see what our options are,” Darlene said. The family has been overwhelmed with donations—so much so that they’re running out of places to store them. But what the family of four with two small dogs really needs now is shelter. “We’re looking for a place to live and can pay up to $1,000 a month for rent,” Manson said. “Actually, we’ll have to pay a bit less so we can save to get back on our feet.”

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Trio busted for grow op in Beaver Creek; one man deported WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

Charges are recommended against three Port Alberni residents after RCMP seized $70,000 worth

of marijuana in a grow–op bust. Charges of production of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking are recommended against two adult

males and one adult female, one of whom is the property owner. Police are also considering a charge of theft of electricity. A fourth person present when the operation was taken

down is a US citizen and has been turned over to immigration services for deportation. Officers from Port Alberni’s special investigative section executed a search

warrant on a rural Beaver Creek property on the morning of June 23. According to Const. Clive Seabrook, police found 804 marijuana plants ready for harvest with an

estimated value of $60,000. They also found 5.6 pounds of clipped and bagged marijuana bud with a value of $10,000. The operation was bigger than the

average compared to other grow-op busts in Port Alberni. But it’s not as big as the one taken down on Swanson Road in the spring that yielded 5,000 plants, he said.

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SUSAN QUINN Longtime activist Stacey Gaiga is throwing her hat into the mayoral ring in Port Alberni. Gaiga declared her intent on Monday to run for mayor during the upcoming municipal election in November. “I want to stop reacting to things. I want to be a part of the decision-making process,” Gaiga said. Gaiga has been the voice of the anti-coal port movement in the Alberni Valley for the past year, but says she will not run on a oneissue mandate. She

‘I really care about this community.’

from Harbour Quay in an effort to preserve the city’s sightline across Alberni Inlet, and spearheaded a campaign to keep the Martin Mars waterbombers in a museum in the Alberni Valley when Timberwest put them up for sale several years ago. (The Coulson Group purchased the aircraft and have kept them flying out of Sproat Lake instead.) Gaiga has lived and worked in the Alberni Valley since 2004, moving here from Ontario. Her husband, Franco, was born and raised in Port Alberni

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has also advocated for a safer watershed in the Alberni Valley, protested logging on Arbutus Ridge across

– Stacey Gaiga and the Gaiga family has community roots reaching back to the 1950s, she said. Although she has never sat on a city council before, Gaiga said her fulltime job as a corporate head hunter has given her insight into the inner workings of municipalities that few new candidates have. “Some people may

wonder why I’m not running for council first. I feel confident with my leadership skills,” she said. “I’ve always been a leader, all my life. “I couldn’t work under anybody who is on council right now. They have different core values.” She wants to give Port Alberni a different image, and says attracting professionals to the Valley will help achieve that goal. The present council is fixated on economies of the past, she said, and that way of thinking is outdated. “I’d like

to be able to offer younger people in the world more 21st century jobs, rather than resource extraction based industries,” she said. “ I really care about this community. I’m going to fight for it.” Gaiga said she has not been officially nominated for the mayoral race yet, but is confident someone will put her name forward. She wanted to announce her intent to run several months in advance so people can get to know her, and to encourage others who share her values to do the same. editor@albernivalleynews.com

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Swinging In Alberni Get your summer started right with summer art camps for kids at the Rollin Art Centre, 3061 Eighth Ave. The camp starts on Tuesday, July 5 and runs ever Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday until Aug. 26. The camp is for five to seven year olds and costs $15. Call 250-723-2181 for info.

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Creature Have you ever seen a creature? How about a sea creature then? No— well you will now. It’s Sea Creature Day at the Maritime Discovery Centre, 2750 Harbour Rd. The event starts at 1 p.m. and is free. There will be crafts, face painting and refreshments and sidewalk chalk.

Small Head over yonder and have a gander at something small — really. The Small Is Beautiful exhibit is being hosted at The Rollin Art Centre until July 19. The exhibit features small show pieces that were originally meant to showcase artists other works. Runs until July 19.

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Disk golfer Kyle Munro demonstrates his technique in disc golf on a Friday afternoon at Echo Centre.

Sun shines on disc golf demo The Echo Sunshine Club has organized a “try-it” session for its new disc golf course on Tuesday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Dan Walker and Craig Dieno are the guest instructors for the session. They are also the BC Seniors Games disc golf

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have scorecards available at Echo Centre (complete with a map of the course printed on the reverse) by the beginning of July. Discs will also be for sale for $11 each for anyone wishing to purchase their own equipment.

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New paramedic course City receives JUSTICE INSTITUTE: | Councillor lures training program to North Island College with hope for more. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS

North Island College and the Justice Institute of B.C. are offering a paramedic course in Port Alberni this fall, and further courses may be coming, city councillor John Douglas said. The Justice Institute is located on the Lower Mainland and it delivers paramedic, police, fire, corrections and safety training programs. The course being taught in Port Alberni will be the institute’s primary paramedic course, which is the first requirement to be a paramedic in B.C. The 20 students start the 15-week program in August by taking anatomy and physiology, and classroom paramedic training sessions begin in September. Certified graduates are eligible to apply to be licensed as B.C. paramedics through the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing branch.

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North Island College principal Tim Weegar, left, and city councillor John Douglas will receive students at the paramedic course being offered at the Port Alberni campus this fall.

If the course delivery goes well then expanded paramedic and other program offerings could be in the cards, said city councillor John Douglas, who is also a paramedic. “This is part of a broader vision instead of just a one-off,” Douglas said. A program would attract people to the Alberni Valley to take and teach

the course, and they may consider living here afterward. More importantly, the course could stem outward migration from the Valley if young people have another post-secondary option to pursue here, Douglas said. The opportunity is an exciting one with potential, North Island College principal Tom

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Weegar said. Douglas came across the opportunity when he found out the paramedic course being delivered in Parksville was ceasing. Officials were considering delivering the program out of Courtenay when Douglas triangulated his way into the process and helped manoeuvre it to Alberni. reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Another step has been taken in the long process of reclaiming the former plywood mill site along Port Alberni’s waterfront. The province gave the city $19,000 in funding from the Brownfield Renewal Funding program. The money is to be used as part of its remediation plan for the plywood site and the amount is based on cost estimates submitted by the city in its funding application. According to city engineer Guy Cicon the city will work with the port authority, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Western Forest Products to develop a plan to remediate the site, which is west of the port authority’s wharf. The most recent grant complements the

$63,000 the city received from Brownfield for remediation purposes. The journey is long, the funding process slow and initiatives are leaving port before the city can catch up. “I’ve lost track of the number of opportunities that have floundered in our community because of Brownfield issues,” economic development manager Pat Deakin said. “I believe it’s time for a different approach.” Deakin said he would like to invest time in preparing an information package to the B.C. premier and the Union of B.C. Municipalities on the matter. Brownfield is a messy issue that has cost the city and it could have broader implications as well. “The port authority will run into Brownfield issues,” Mayor Ken McRae said.

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The schematics have been viewed and the feedback positive so now it’s on to the next step in the process to replace Echo Pool. More than 70 people attended the public information session about the new pool at Echo Centre on Monday night. There, project consultants and Parks and Recreation staff presented three schematics of what a new pool facility would look like and cost, as well as answered questions about each. The first option would cost $15 million and would see the existing facility retained. A new 250-squaremetre leisure pool and 15-person family hot pool would be added, as well as fitness and yoga rooms and new change rooms. The second option is also estimated at $15 million. The existing pool would again be retained but divided

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into two, with the shallow having warm water and the deep end cold water. A new 250-squaremetre leisure pool would be built along with a 20-person hot pool and a 100-metre long wave rider pool. The third option is estimated to cost $18 million and would

see the addition of an entirely new aquatic facility. The facility would include a six-lane pool that would be accessible by both ramp and staircase, a 300-square-metre leisure pool, 100-metre wave rider pool and a family hot pool. The existing

building would be renovated to house a dry land fitness centre that would include a fitness facility, yoga room and other multipurpose rooms. With the schematics the project has become more tangible and the feedback so far is good, said Parks and Recreation’s Ron

Doetzel. “People were more concerned about chlorine and water filtration,” Doetzel said. “But there’s more of a sense of wonderment really —like when will something happen.” The next step is to further tabulate public input and to generate a final schematic, project consultant Bill Webster said. The subject of cost and how the new facility will be paid for hasn’t been broached in the early stages of the project. But a final schematic will give a clearer indication of what the tab will be. “We’ll have a more specific dollar figure then,” Webster said. The schematic will be presented to the project steering committee and further public input will be sought. A draft report on the project will be released in the early fall and a final report made to city council at Christmas, he said.

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NEWS The Alberni Valley News is published every Friday by Black Press Ltd., 4656 Margaret St., Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 6H2. Phone: (250) 723-6399. Fax: (250) 723-6395. Classifieds: (250) 310-3535. The Alberni Valley News is distributed free to 9,800 households in Port Alberni, Cherry Creek, Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek. The Alberni Valley News is 100 per cent B.C. owned and operated.

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EDITORIAL

Canada’s flag still beloved Asia-Pacific project keeps on marching It’s hard to believe Canada’s flag, the Maple Leaf, was the subject of contentious and divisive debate before it was adopted in 1965 to replace the venerable Red Ensign. It has now become one of our most beloved symbols, and it’s one of the most recognized flags in the world. In fact, travelers still abide by the rule of thumb that when venturing to difficult lands, a Canadian flag sewn onto a lapel or backpack will enhance their safety. But it almost didn’t happen. When Prime Minister Lester Pearson decided it was time for Canada to have its own distinct flag, the leader of the opposition Conservatives, John Diefenbaker, would have none of it. Despite clinging to a slim minority government, Pearson persisted. A committee was formed, designs commissioned then discussed, and the rest is history. But in and of itself a flag is just a graphic design. It’s how a country’s citizens see themselves, and how they carry themselves in the world that imparts a flag with meaning. In that regard, George F.G. Stanley’s design, an 11-point red maple leaf on a field of white bracketed by two red bars, has been an overwhelming success. Today, when the Maple Leaf flutters in the breeze, we think of an expansive land of disparate natural beauty, populated by welcoming, tolerant, hard-working and fairminded people. As a statesman and diplomat, Pearson likely already knew all this. That’s why he felt confident enough to press on, risking his government. Canada already had an identity; we just needed our own symbol to identify with. — Burnaby News Leader

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ICTORIA – Here are a few items that didn’t make the daily news cycle as B.C. residents prepared for the long-awaited summer of 2011 to begin. • After her meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa last week, Premier Christy Clark delivered a luncheon speech to the Economic Club of Toronto. Her big talking point for the speech was the rise of the Asia-Pacific region, “the fastest-growing middle class in the history of humanity.” The theme ran through her pitch to the federal government for a share of Ottawa’s largest-ever shipbuilding contract, and her recent meeting with western premiers in Yellowknife. No word on how Clark’s enthusiasm for the west as Canada’s economic engine

of the future went over with the Bay Street crowd. • After the speech, Clark took the wheel of a Chevy Volt electric car for a spin around Toronto with a GM Canada vicepresident riding shotgun. She pronounced the car “fantastic technology.” This is pertinent as B.C. residents get ready to pay the latest increase in B.C.’s carbon tax. Effective July 1, the tax on a litre of gasoline rises from 4.45 cents to 5.56, with comparable increases to other carbon fuels. Clark has inherited Gordon Campbell’s aggressive climate changeclean energy agenda, and it’s not yet clear what will become of it. She has committed to the last consumer carbon tax increase in 2012 (up to 6.67 cents on a litre of gas), but the fate of the big hydroelectric push remains uncertain. Those plug-in electric cars need to start selling

before Campbell’s gamble of developing increasingly costly electricity starts to pay off. • Campbell’s pending appointment as Canada’s high commissioner in the United Kingdom should warm the hearts of conspiracy theorists. The story broke when Clark was in Ottawa, and when reporters asked for her take on the appointment, her first comment was that he’ll be a big help in negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union. Students of Bill Vander Zalm will know that he sees the harmonized sales tax and EU trade as an effort to impose world government and set B.C.’s sales tax rate in Europe. Early in his goofy anti-HST campaign, Vander Zalm claimed this was plan B for world government after the conspirators failed to impose a global carbon tax.

‘If the HST is a conspiracy, it’s a mighty big one.’

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If the HST is a conspiracy, it’s a mighty big one. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon never tires of reminding people that 140 countries already have value-added taxes, including China and those other Asia-Pacific tigers that are dominating the world economy. • By last year, there were 94,000 international students in K-12, postsecondary and language schools in B.C. According to the advanced education ministry, if considered an export service, international education is B.C.’s fifth largest export. Meanwhile in B.C., discussion of international trade still tends to revolve around lumber and logs. And according to a recent poll, Vander Zalm is still considered by many to be an authority on trade and taxes. It’s time to join the world’s adult conversation. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

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Mailbag: Readers weigh in on the HST debate as deadline for referendum approaches. Tourism group supports 10% To the Editor, It’s no secret that the tourism industry in B.C. has struggled with how to respond to the harmonized sales tax. However, in light of the proposed two-percent reduction, it is clear to the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. that the HST will be good for B.C.’s tourism economy in the long run. This was not black or white for us. As soon as the new HST was announced our association, which represents all of the major tourism industries in B.C., immediately began work, not to oppose the new tax, but to identify and implement ways to mitigate the effects of the tax on our sector. Part of our challenge was that the impacts of the new harmonized tax were different for different parts of tourism both by business type and by location: hotel prices went down, the cost of restaurant meals went up, and businesses closer to Alberta, which does not have a provincial sales tax, were particularly sensitive to HST. Like other

concerned sectors of the B.C. economy, we noted decreased consumer confidence around the time HST was implemented in B.C. and Ontario in July 2010. This occurred in the early recovery period after a recession. We are pleased that the provincial government has promised to reduce the HST by two per cent and is actively championing improvements to a federal visitor rebate program that will encourage foreign buyers to choose Canada and B.C. We now share the growing concern of the broader business community over the uncertainty and considerable financial difficulties that a move back to the old PST-GST system would create for B.C. Now is not the time to take a backwards course. A 10 per cent HST is the way forward for tourism in B.C. Stephen Regan, president, Tourism Industry Association of B.C.

Method worst part of HST To the Editor, We need to look back to the beginnings of this HST fray and

remember that it wasn’t just another tax that angered the public; it was the way it was done. No need to rewind that sordid story and its aftermath, but don’t think it won’t be a factor in the upcoming referendum vote. Taxpayers felt scorned, manipulated and disrespected

by the political establishment and left without democratic representation as their elected representatives hung them out to dry and supported the tax. The sole exception was Blair Leckstrom, but he now supports it as a cabinet minister. Such is the sad perversion wrought by the doctrine of party discipline which has hijacked democratic representation. The top few who run this province

are gyrating with offers and maneuvres to save the tax, but it would be a huge mistake for taxpayers to roll over for these people. By offering a few minor adjustments to the original scheme they infer they think we are somewhat Pavlovian and can be made to do anything if we are given a treat,

a pat and a promise they will actually make the adjustments after the vote. Seven million dollars of our money allocated by the government arguing for the tax versus $250,000 for the against side is further cynical disrespect. I personally am astounded by the fact that in all the words of advocacy spoken and written by politicians, and for that matter some of the media, I have not heard a single,

solitary word of concern or sympathy about where the money has to come from; the taxpayers’ pocket. Roy Roope, Summerland

‘HST cut won’t do it for me’ To the Editor, Re: Selling HST to the ‘me’ generation (B.C. Views, June 3.) From my perspective, Tom Fletcher omitted some key points. The main stumbling block is the way the government brought the HST to life. Lies and deceit. This “revenue neutral” tax is going to be a boost of $1 billion for the year to government coffers. Taxpayers’ money, as was the $1.6 billion from the feds. The governments of this country have it backwards when they think they can just up the ante when they need more revenue to cover their outlandish spending. Especially when they should be looking at reducing the expenditures instead of increasing the taxes. Heaven help us if this HST boondoggle gets the NDP elected next time out. I think the populace has to vote yes in the

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Patronage makes writer see red for Canada Day BERNIE SMITH Guest shot

To the Editor, Last week I visited my doctor to renew prescriptions for blood pressure medication; my regular doctor was on vacation and his locum advised me that

my blood pressure was as good as that of a 20 year-old. During my drive home to tell my wife what a healthy husband she has, my blood pressure suddenly went skyhigh as I heard on the radio the prime minister is about to appoint Gordon Campbell as High Commissioner to U.K.

Whatever have British Columbians done to enrage the PM so much that he would give us all such a nasty back-handed slap across our collective kissers? Mr. Campbell became the most despised and untrustworthy politician in B.C., if not in Canada, when he resigned last fall in

an obvious bid to save his B.C. Liberal Party from ruin. Even long-term supporters expressed their fatigue of his multifarious mendacity. Now he’s being given the grand reward of accreditation to the Court of St. James’s? Of all the many worthy Canadians to choose from, it

really sends my blood pressure through the roof to think that The Harpercrite-In-Chief would use such crass political patronage in appointing one of such dubious character to represent our country, especially as patriotic hearts beat faster for Canada Day. Bernie Smith, Parksville

referendum to show government that we have been pushed far enough. If, as Fletcher suggests, haircuts and restaraunt meals stay taxed if we go back to the PST, that might cause a bigger kerfuffle that this one. Jim Anderson, Victoria

Taxpayers foot unfair bill To the Editor, Many are concerned about having to payback the 1.6 billion dollars should we vote to extinguish the HST. So far the Liberals have only taken the 0.6 billion part the of the bribe from the Harper government. I ask why should we, the citizens of B.C. be required to pay back money given to us for instituting a tax that we did not want, did not ask for and had imposed upon us without proper discussion or debate? We as Canadians, through the Harper government already own that money. Should we as British Columbians have to pay it again? The Liberals made a huge mistake with the HST and must bear the responsibility for their actions. It is not up to the citizens of British Columbia to

pay for their mistakes. Perhaps some of the Liberal supporters and corporate friends could chip in and help the Liberals honour their debt to our society. After all its only $600,000,000. Alan MacKinnon, Nanaimo

Dix talks HST fiction

To the Editor, Trudy quotes “I remember the Liberals telling us that there would be no HST, and within months, it was pushed through the legislature with no discussion.” What about Darrell Dexter and the NDP in Nova Scotia? They made a campaign promise that if elected government there would be zero tax increases. What happens? They form government and raise the HST from 13 percent to 15 percent, making it the highest tax in all of Canada. Once again the NDP is misleading taxpayers. The writer should make comments on facts, not on fiction. In B.C., fact is the B.C. Liberal party and fiction is Bill Vander Zalm, Jim Sinclair, and Adrian Dix. Joe Sawchuk, Duncan

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How to max out your vacation DR. NEILL NEILL Living

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t’s vacation time. Two days from now you have about one-and-a-half weeks off work. You, your spouse and two tweens are heading off on a camping road trip on the mainland. You find yourself working like crazy to get ready — there are so many details to think of and organize — and you find yourself wondering why you ever agreed to this type of vacation. By the time you leave to catch the ferry no one is relaxed. In your exhaustion you fret about what you may have forgotten. Your spouse worked to the last minute to

be able to get away and plans to make a couple of last-minute phone calls while in the ferry lineup. The adult stress has spilled over and kids are cranky. Typical? Unfortunately, the bigger problem is not the preparation itself, but the fact that it may take you the better part of a week before all of you are relaxed enough to really feel like you’re on vacation. Then, as you finally are able to enjoy the vacation, it’s time to head for home. Were you really on vacation, or were you the butt of a familystyle cosmic joke? Is it possible to minimize this laughable situation and get psychologically into your “vacation mode” closer to the

beginning of your vacation? I believe it is, and the key word is “laughter.” Laugh and joke about the ridiculous number of details you have to look after on both the work and the home fronts before you can leave. Laugh about the previous times you’ve forgotten something or missed the ferry or another connection. Laugh with your kids about the hardship of being away from their friends. Laugh at what stresses you. Laughter reduces the release of stress hormones, thereby inhibiting the fight or flight response. Laughter creates bonding, and after all, is not re-bonding part of why you would take a family vacation? Laughter helps to

control the emotional climate and lowers the risk of confrontation. Laughter harmlessly and subconsciously releases stored negative emotions. And laughter is contagious. So start laughing early in the vacation cycle and everyone will have a better time. Mishaps make the best stories, so tell the stories of previous vacation mishaps. And every time there is a mishap or misstep on the trip, laugh about the fun you’ll have back home telling the story. Dr. Neill is a CentralIsland Registered Psychologist. You can reach him for an appointment at 250-752-8684 or through his website www.neillneill.com/ contact.

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Cole, Newman headline Mexican ska at Rainbow Room Island MusicFest July 8-10 Mexican band Mama Pulpa is coming to the Rainbow Room on Thursday, July 7 before heading to the Ska festival in Victoria on the weekend. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Rainbow Room is located above Rainbow Lanes on Fourth Avenue near Redford Street.

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The Capitol Theatre received a standing ovation on Monday as all the seats were removed from the theatre in anticipation of renovations this summer. Theatre manager Elliot Drew, Portal Players Dramatic Society member Chris Arthurs and summer student Nick Barrett (also a PPDS member) removed 275 original theatre seats on Monday. “Some of the screws are literally 75 years old,” Drew said, which presented a challenge on some of the seats because the screws were worn smooth in some areas. Seventy-five years ago, when the Capitol first opened its doors, these same seats awaited patrons. Made in Waterloo, Ont.., by the Globe Furniture Company (which operated until 1960), these art-deco pieces have seen a lot of use. The theatre has purchased new seats from the Galaxy Theatre in Campbell River, which closed down last year.

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Nick Barrett removes 75-year-old screws from the original seats in the Capitol Theatre, Monday morning. The seats will be sold starting Monday, July 4 for $50 per set of four.

Volunteers in the Alberni Valley have cleaned the new seats and they received new paint jobs courtesy of Harbour View Collision and NAPA Auto Parts. Barrett anticipated the new seats would be installed by late July. Portal Players Dramatic Society, which owns the theatre, has applied for several government

grants to assist in the renovations, Drew said. While the floor will be sanded, refinished and stained, they also want to do some drywall touchups and painting. If grant money is available, Portal Players would like to install a new lighting rig for front of house lighting that would enable both stage productions and concerts

to have separate lighting. It would also double the lighting capacity, Drew said. The old theatre seats will be available for sale on Monday, July 4. Rows of four cost $50, cash and carry. For more information, please call Drew at the theatre at 250723-1195 or go online to www.atthecapitol.org. editor@albernivalleynews.com

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Demi Pedersen of Port Alberni introduces ‘Martha’, the spinster cook, during a walk-around McLean Mill National Historic Site on Monday. Catch the full Tin Pants Theatre Troupe show this weekend as the mill opens for the summer.

The Alberni Valley’s four heritage attractions are open for the summer as of this weekend. The AV Museum, Maritime Discovery Centre, steam train and McLean Mill are all busy with activities, including the Tin Pants Theatre Troupe on stage at the mill. Check them out at alberniheritage.com.

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Small is beautiful for painting group The Wednesday Painters, a group of 20 local artists, have mounted an exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre. All the “small” pieces were designed to showcase a very small sampling of their art. Members of the group exhibiting include Cynthia Bonesky, Pam Turner, Clara Lake, Linda Campbell and Judy Dixon. Small is Beautiful runs until Tuesday, July 19. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Mallon yodels on the terrace Hank Mallon will entertain Rollin Art Centre patrons with old-time favourites (and maybe even a yodel or two) at Tea on the Terrace, Thursday July 14, from 1–3 p.m. Reservations are

Coyote teaches art of the story Ivan Coyote will host a live performance workshop for writers, poets and storytellers. The workshop is designed to help budding storytellers transform their nervous energy into a memorable reading. With tips on selecting material, preparing work for performance, memorization, and how to make body language work. This is just one of the writers’ workshops being brought to Port Alberni on July 30 by Alberni Forest Fest. To learn more and to register, please go to www. forestfest.ca.

Music by the Sea in Bamfield One of the special events during the two weeks of performances of Music By The Sea in Bamfield will be held Thursday, July 14, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at the Bamfield Community School. A chamber music rehearsal will be open to children accompanied by adults. Free admission. For more on this series of concerts, please visit the website at www. musicbythesea.ca. Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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The dental clinic of Dr. Josef Holy offers full-service dentistry, emergency dentistry, pain management and restorative dentistry services. We are committed to providing a comfortable, convenient and affordable environment with emphasis on ensuring the highest level of professional service. Our patient care is personalized to individual needs, and clients are treated with good quality, prompt, considerate service. Dr. Holy has been serving the central Vancouver Island and Port Alberni area since 2004. New Patients are always welcome, and emergencies are accepted without appointment. Convenient payment options are available, and we accept all insurance plans and government plans, including special emergency care provisions. John Bowers tell of his ride on the Ride to Conquer Cancer. “Most of the riders including myself were wet and cold before the ride began. The road conditions were slippery due to the nasty wet weather which caused a number of riders to slip and fall. Even though there were a number of challenges the excitement of being amongst the other riders who’s goal was to raise a minimum of $2,500 to precipitate was overwhelming. The two day ride brought in over 11 million dollars towards the cause which is the largest amount raised in B.C. for a one event fund raiser. I would like to thank all the my friends and family for their support and donations enabling me to be a part of the Ride to Conquer Cancer.” Submitted photo

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Anita Lea sits on the hay bale with son Tanner Lea-Amos who celebrated his 6th birthday at Arrowvale Campground and took all his friends for a hay ride. If you would like to take a ride on the hay wagon, drop by Arrowvale on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Scotiabank manager Cherie Williams presented a $500 cheque to Const. Boyd Pearson for the Pulling Together Journey that will see 20 canoes travel from Tofino to Port Alberni starting July 2. Pearson is chair of the committee for the journey that culminates in an evening celebration at Clutesi Haven July 8. Teresa Bird - AVNews

The Alberni Valley Hospice Society/Ty Watson House are having their annual fundraiser for a Suzuki quad worth approximately $12,000 or take the $8,500 cash prize. Tickets are available at Breakers Marine, Beb’s Fashions, Jim’s Clothes Closet, Dennis Jonsson Motor Products, Pearson Kal Tire, Westwind Pub, Kingsway Hotel and at Ty Watson House. There are only 2,500 tickets printed, better odds than the lottery.


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A Complex Care facility in the warm Cowichan Valley is seeking a Director of Resident Care. Lead our care team with your passion and expertise. As a forward thinker you will be supported in your geriatric best practice initiatives. A degree in nursing with 5 years of progressive career advancement is required. A degree in a related healthcare ďŹ eld will be considered. We are offering a competitive salary and beneďŹ ts package. Fax your resume in conďŹ dence by July 6th, 2011 to 250-7372112

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CITY OF Yellowknife Lifeguard/Instructor Come join the adventure in the Diamond Capital of North America! The City of Yellowknife is currently seeking an enthusiastic and qualiďŹ ed individual to assume the position of Lifeguard/Instructor at the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool in Yellowknife. The City offers an attractive salary of $54,270 $63,652 plus housing allowances and relocation assistance. For more information on this position and the qualiďŹ cations required, please refer to the City of Yellowknifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s web page at: www.yellowknife.ca or contact Human Resources at (867)920-5603. Submit resumes in conďŹ dence no later than 4:30 p.m., on July 8, 2011, quoting competition #602-127U to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, YK, NT, X1A 2N4; Fax: 867-6693471 or hr@yellowknife.ca HSSE SUPERVISOR Competition #BU11-0078 We have an immediate opening for a Health, Safety, Security & Environment Supervisor. The successful candidate can be located in either the lower mainland or Okanagan area. You will be responsible for providing Health, Safety, Security & Environment support to our Ready Mix, Aggregate, Asphalt and Landscape divisions in Metro Vancouver, Okanagan Valley, the Shuswapp and Central BC, but not limited to these locations. Duties: promoting job safety and environment awareness; implementation of acceptable working methods and practices; compliance with Safety & Environmental responsibilities; and act as champion on deďŹ ned HSSE topics. Successful applicant will have 5 years of HSSE experience. QualiďŹ cations should include: Construction Safety OfďŹ cer and a combination of education and experience. Extensive travel will be required. Submit your resume by quoting competition number by July 12, 2011 to: BURNCO Rock Products Ltd Fax: (403) 440-3454 Attention: Human Resources OR E-mail: careers@burnco.com www.burnco.com We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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HELP WANTED ALPHA Safety Ltd is looking for First Aid Instructors for industry at our Training School in Ft St John, BC. Please send resumes by email or fax Attention: Martin Weideman Email: martin@alphasafety.net Fax: (250) 787 8839

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FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME class 1 or 3 drivers for night work. Part-time approx 20hrs/wk. Clean drivers abstract required. 250-949-6405 or email resume to: port_hardy_agency@telus.net. Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd And Newcastle Timber Ltd. Have vacancies in the following jobs: Log Truck Driver, Driller Blaster, Grade Swamper, Grapple Yarder Chaser, Grapple Yarder Hooker. Details can be seen at http://hdlogging.com/ Fax resume to 250-287-9259 JOEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AUTOBODY REPAIR in Prince Rupert, BC. Currently has an opening for a Collision Autobody Technician. Must be a team player for this relaxed and friendly,but hard working atmosphere. Wages and moving expenses negotiable. Email resume to: joesauto@citytel.net Fax: 250627-4702. Call: 250-624-1795 STEEL FABRICATOR. Must have Red Seal, experience in running a crew, structural steel fab, installation, piping layout, painting & produce simple shop drawings. Email resume to ofďŹ ce@vmsgroup.ca or fax 250-365-2131

HELP WANTED The Lemare group is currently seeking contract coastal hand fallers for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Email resume to: ofďŹ ce@lemare.ca or fax 250-956-4888.

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PERSONAL SERVICES HEALTH PRODUCTS The Lemare Group is currently seeking a hoe chucker/loader operator, and a boom man for the North Vancouver Island area. Full time, union wages. Fax resume to 250-956-4888 or email: ofďŹ ce@lemare.ca.

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Proteau a go-go at West Coast Open last week JOAN THOMPSON

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It was “par for the course” for Alberni Valley golf sensation Christina Proteau during the West Coast

Open last weekend— well, three strokes less than par, to be more accurate. The biggest

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tournament of the year for the ladies took place on Sunday at Alberni Golf Course. Proteau came in with the win for the seventh time shooting a light’s out game of 67. This is the 58th anniversary of the West Coast Open. The Low Net score of 66 was carded by Jill Braun from Nanaimo. The play was a team of two, best ball, two ball. Proteau with her partner, Jones topped the pack with their combined Low Gross score of 67... followed closely by the team of Stoffer & Dashkewytch carding a 70. Team winners to 11th place were Dobler/Doucett from Eaglecrest; Little/ Laschuk; Morrow/ Munro; Horle/Powers; Chang;Mitchell; Enquist/Campbell; Mitchell/McCusker; Krahn/Wilson; and Rands/Berry. On the Low Net side the team of White

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The winning low gross team of Suzanne Jones, left, and Christina Proteau accept prizes and congratulations from Alberni Golf Course pro Bruce MacDonald following the West Coast Open.

and Cross took it with their combined score of 62; then Braun and Ross followed with their 63; Frankian and Brooks; Gauthier/ Fowler; Nicklin/ Bowerman; Free/ Grubisich; Mucklov/ Wilmer; Shear/ Simpson; Douglas/ Robertson; Cutting/

Williams; Walker/ McCrone. The course was in great shape thanks to Steve and his crew. The meal was delicious. The prize table was loaded... and the weather co-operated.....what more could we ask? Thanks to Gayle

Rhodes and her crew, the very generous hole sponsors. The ladies of the nine hole division the grounds crew, spotters and volunteers, the kitchen staff and the guys in the pro shop all must be thanked. All in all, it was a great day.

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also very remarkable. Playing in the West Coast Amateur Tournament, Pat McKay on Sunday made seven birdies in the 18 holes, five in a row. Pat shot a gross 71, not to shabby for a nine handy cap, net 62. Way to pound that apple Pat. One final note, our President Ken Sander managed his first ever hole in one on No. 4 Friday. Ken was playing with Roy McArthur, Den Nicklin and Bob Turner. His playing partners said he used his driver but he swears it was an eight iron. With a mighty swing he sent the ball in a high arch soaring toward the

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First of all, there are a couple of notable notes I neglected to mention last week. Remember, Bill Christian won the Stableford. Well he not only won it, but his point total of 48 was the highest total by anyone in the five hear history of the Stableford Tournament at the Alberni Golf Course. Bill who is a 21 handy cap, shot an amazing gross 79, which was his best game ever, net 58. Way to go Billy. The other story is

green. It landed about two feet past the hole and sucked it back until it found the hole coming to rest in the bottom of the cup. The roar of the gallery was deafening, three crows and a sea gull. Roy and Den were witnesses to this amazing event, while Bob was off searching for his own ball he had shanked from the tee landing somewhere on No. 5 tee box. At least that’s the story Ken remembers. Next Sunday July 3, is the Aines & Tyler par points every man for himself event. This is one of the more challenging competitions of the

year. You not only win points for your play but you can also loose points if you mess up. The format is as follows, a double bogie is -one point, a bogie is 0 points, a par is one point, a birdie is two points, an eagle is four points and a double eagle is six points, all net scores. Please register in the Pro Shop in your own foursome or as a single and you will be placed in a group. The shotgun start is at Precisely 8 a.m. The usual $10 entry fee applies. Once again many thanks to Fred Gray of Aines and Tyler Electrical Contractors for his continued support.

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Kids’ grappling camp The Alberni Wrestling Club is once again hosting their annual Kids Wrestling Camp July 5 -7th in the ADSS gymnasium. The camp will run over three days from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will feature instruction from local coaches, alumni, and high school wrestlers. As well as learning

some basic wrestling moves and technique, the camp participants will also partake in fun wrestling the med activities. All during the month of June, high school wrestlers visited the local elementary schools to introduce and promote the sport of Olympic wrestling.

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Cameron Cootes is one of three Totally Board skate team members competing in the Tuff City Skate Competition this weekend in Tofino.

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Evan Tironese, 16, of Qualicum Beach has committed to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the B.C. Hockey League for the 2011-12 season.

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Tofino is about to see how Port Alberni’s skateboard team rolls. Three members of the new Totally Board Surf Company skate team are competing in the Seventh Annual Tuff City Skate Competition in Tofino this weekend. The two-day event is expected to attract competitors from across Vancouver Island. Skaters will be competing in five categories for $500 in cash and prizes. The categories include junior, novice,

girls, intermediate and advanced. Totally Board team members going to the event include Cameron Cootes and alternates Trevor Loranger and Jordan Joseph. Fellow members Brantyn Wong, Taylor Lee and Logan Janney can’t make the trip. This is the Port Alberni team’s first foray into skate competition and the expectations should be easy to live up to: there aren’t any. “There’s no pressure here—I just want them to enjoy themselves and have fun,” team manager Tracey Chester said. reporter@alberniavlleynews.com

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have found their 16-year-old for next season, and they didn’t have to look far. Evan Tironese will fulfill the new B.C. Hockey League requirement that all teams must carry a 1995-born player on the new 21-man roster. And he comes from just down the road, in Qualicum Beach. Tironese last year played for the Notre Dame Argos of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League, posting 21 goals, 22 assists for 43 points in 52 games. “The commitment of Evan is huge news for the future of Alberni Valley

hockey,” head coach Paul Esdale said. “Colleges are already talking about him... he had really good numbers in midget. “Even at the young age of 16, Evan will help our hockey team.” Where Tironese will fit into the lineup will be up to him, Esdale said, adding that he expects the young forward to be one of the better 16-year-olds in the league. Tironese considers himself a finesse player. “Hopefully I’ll score a couple of goals and help the team out that way,” he said. Scoring goals isn’t the only reason Tironese is happy to have committed to the Bulldogs. Since

he was young, his parents have urged him to pursue his dream of hockey while at the same time get an education. The Bulldogs’ reputation for helping players land placements on U.S. college and university teams is known across the B.C. Hockey League. More than 70 players have signed with Canadian universities or the NCAA in the team’s 10-year history. Tironese met with Bulldogs’ educational advisor Tom McEvay earlier this year and was convinced to come to the Alberni Valley. “It’s unbelievable what he does,” Tironese said.

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Health tip: Too much sugar is not good for a child’s health. So reach for water, not sugary drinks, when they’re thirsty this summer.

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water, and living in a dry climate will increase our fluid requirements, many people will have to start drinking more water to prevent dehydration. Signs and symptoms of mild dehydration may include: chronic pain in joints and muscles, lower back ache, headaches, and constipation. As we age, our thirst receptors in the brain

do not function as well and elderly folks become more at risk for higher levels of dehydration, which may lead to dizziness and fainting. An easy way to monitor yourself for adequate fluid consumption, includes watching for strong, odorous, yellow or amber urine, plus having recurrent urinary tract and/or bladder infections.

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Community Events FRI. JULY 1 ◆ CANADA DAY PARADE starts at 10 a.m. on 10th Avenue from Burde to Hollywood streets. Viewing stands in front of Safeway, Shaw announcers and cameras in front of Echo Centre. ◆ CANADA DAY AT THE LIGHTHOUSE happens after the parade. Come to the lighthouse on the waterfront and help celebrate the nation’s birthday with free cookies, drinks and kids’ activities.

MON. JULY 4 ◆ SEA CREATURE DAY at the Maritime Discovery Centre on the waterfront, 1 p.m. Refreshments, crafts, face-painting and sidewalk chalk fun as Maritime Mondays kick off for the summer.

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◆ OUR TOWN AT WILLIAMSON PARK offers Pirates and Peter Pan from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Park is at the corner of Craig and Bishop Street, across from Dennis Jonsson. Free admission for families, all ages welcome. Rainy day backup is Glenwood Centre.

MON. JULY 25 ◆ TUGBOAT DAY at the Maritime Discovery Centre on the waterfront, 1 p.m. Kids crafts, activities and sidewalk chalk fun are all part of Maritime Mondays.

THUR. JULY 28 ◆ PORT ALBERNI PORT AUTHORITY annual general meeting, 1 p.m. in the Lawn Bowling Club Room at 4255 Wallace St. Copies of the 2010 audited financial statements are

available now at PAPA, 2750 Harbour Rd.

LEISURE L EISUR URE E SUN S UN S July 3, August 7

MON. AUG. 1 ◆ SERVICE BOAT DAY at the Maritime Discovery Centre on the waterfront, 1 p.m. Kids crafts, activities and tours of emergency service boats like the fireboat and RCMP boat are all part of Maritime Mondays.

TUES. AUG. 2 ◆ OUR TOWN AT GYRO PARK offers ‘Paradise Park’-themed free family fun event. Parachute games, giant bubbles, sand pile and more. North Park and Seventh Avenue, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission free. ◆ Do you have an item for our calendar? If so, please contact our newsroom at editor@ albernivalleynews.com

BEAUFORT GANG TRAIN ROBBERY Don’t miss this very entertaining ride

Sunday July 9, August 14 & 28 10 am & 2 pm departures

Summer Season Calendar June Sun 25 Summer Steam Special July Sat 2 Summer Season - start Sun 3 Leisure Sunday - (10 am departure only) Sat 9 Beaufort Gang Train Robbery Sat - Sun 16 & 17 Antique Tractor & Engine Show Sat 23 Teddy Bear Picnic Fri - Sun 29-31 Forest Fest August Sun 7 Leisure Sunday - (10 am departure only) Tue 9 Extra Special Summer Run - (10 am departure only) Sun 14 Beaufort Gang Train Robbery Sat 20 Starlight Express - White Hats vs Black Hats Sun 28 Beaufort Gang Train Robbery Reservations always Recommended For more info check out www.alberniheritage.com e-mail: info@alberniheritage.com

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Port Alberni’s chamber of commerce has officially opened its new visitors centre, touted as the gateway to the Pacific Rim. Close to 75 people attended the opening on Friday, which included a blessing from Tseshaht First Nation elder Alan Dick for the carved cedar doors, done by his grandson Gordon. Tseshaht members also sang the welcome and whaling songs. “You can see what a beautiful project it is,” Port Alberni mayor Ken McRae said of the 3,000-squarefoot building, which features timber donated by Island Timberlands and milled at McLean Mill National Historic Site. Island Coastal Economic Trust chairman Barry Janyk, who was chairing a meeting of ICE-T inside the building prior to the opening, said the visitors centre epitomizes the whole point of the trust,

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Helen Lunney, third from left, cuts the ribbon officially opening the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce’s visitors centre on Highway 4, Friday afternoon. She is joined by, from left, Gillian Shearwater from Community Futures, Morgan Kennah of Island Timberlands, mayor Ken McRae and Barry Janyk, chairman of Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICE-T).

which is to ensure that funding for such regional projects is handled locally. The visitors’ centre is one of 70 projects ICE-T has helped fund since 2006, he said. “This visitors’

centre will help keep the travelling public in the Alberni Valley by showcasing the attractions,” he said. Janyk added that if the Alberni Valley could entice even 10 per cent of the

people who travel by the centre to stay one night in the community, that would represent about $1.8 million of extra revenue in the city’s economy.

carried out largely by professional firefighters, wrote Ben Halychuk, local IAFF president. Local firefighters support the rescue squad’s role in searching for hikers or missing persons. Firefighters perform confined space rescue, material stabilization

and compromised atmospheres. “…we see the specialization of the work involved and equipment used as falling under the recognized job related duties of the Port Alberni Fire Department,” Halychuk wrote. The AVRS and

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PAFD are mutually exclusive but can work in sync in certain instances, fire chief Tim Pley said. Firefighters are urban based and are adept at high angle rescue. The AVRS is experienced in a rural setting and want training in light structural rescue.

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In the event of a disaster the fire department will have to triage calls and can’t answer them all. And such a team may be called upon. “We can’t do it alone—they can’t do it alone,” Pley said. “I’m satisfied that they are not a threat.”

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